Crime Preventive
Prevention at Home
  • Doors and Locks - Keep the locks in good working order, use solid doors with a peephole for identification. Lock your doors when you are working in your yard or doing noisy tasks such as vacuuming or using a hair dryer.
  • Keys - Leave a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbor. Criminals know the usual hiding places or can see you go to your hiding place, then use your key. Re-key the locks when moving into another house or apartment.
  • Answering the Door - Check the peephole or ask who is there. Never open a door to a stranger and never tell a stranger you are home alone. Ask for an ID for all professionals. (Police, Cable, Water, Phone, etc.)
  • Windows - Lock your window. Criminals tend to use these as a passage way into the house or apartment.
  • Drapes and Shades - Keep drapes and shades closed at night. Avoid thin fabric to prevent silhouetting.
  • Lighting - Keep your dwelling well lit. Outdoor lights deter criminals who don't want to be seen. Lights with motion detectors are highly recommended. Indoor lights plugged into timers help created the illusion that you are home.
  • Shrubs and Bushes - Keep these trimmed to avoid giving criminals a hiding place. Also keep an area 6 inches below windows clear.  Plant bushes with thorns or spiked leaves beneath windows.
  • Entryways - Be extremely cautious of any entryway where normal lighting is not on at night.
Prevention at Phone
  • Information - Do not give your name to strangers who call.  Do not repeat your phone number to "wrong number" phone callers.
  • Answering Machine - Do not give your name and number as part of the recorded message and do not reveal any travel plans.
  • Cell Phone - Consider keeping a cellular phone in your bedroom should your telephone line become inoperable.
  • Harassing Phone Calls - Hang up the phone and report such calls to the phone company and your local law enforcement agency.
Prevention in a Vehicle
  • Keys - Give only your car keys to a mechanic or valet, not your house key. When going to your car, have your keys ready.
  • Gas - Keep at least 1/4 of a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times
  • Parking - Don't park near vans or in dark areas if possible.
  • Check - Check outside the vehicle and look in the back seat before getting into the vehicle
  • Lock - Once in the vehicle, lock all the doors and put your purse and valuables out of sight.
  • Flat - If you have a flat tire and can change it, do so.  If you need help, put on your flasher and wait for the police to arrive. Place a "CALL POLICE" sign in the window if you have one.
  • Help - Call on your cell phone if you are offered help, ask the stranger to call the police or a service station.
  • Followed - If you are being followed, go to a police station or store with lots of people around. Don't go straight home.
Prevention Away from Home
  • Exercising - Run with a partner or a dog. Vary running routes, and stay in populated areas.
  • Stores of Malls - Avoid filling your arms with packages. Maintain your personal space. If a person is too close, move away. If that person persists, run.
  • ATM - Do not use an outside ATM at night, in unfamiliar, or unsafe surroundings.
  • Walking - Walk facing oncoming traffic so you are not followed. If asked directions by a driver, stay far enough away from the car that you can run easily.
  • Elevator - Stay near the control panel. If you are alone and someone threatening gets on, then step off or press buttons for upcoming floors and get off at the first opportunity. Do not press the STOP button.
  • Luggage - Cover your luggage tag so others cannot see your name and address.
  • Bus - Avoid dark bus stops. Sit near the driver if possible. Avoid sitting near the rear doors. Exit in lighted areas.
  • Taxi - Know how long the trip should take and ask the driver's name.
  • Stairwells - When by yourself, avoid stairwells in hotels and especially parking garages; use the ramp instead.
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